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NMSU journalism department wins grant to start newspaper residence program

The New Mexico State University Department of Journalism has received an $8,500 Newspaper-in-Residence grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring journalists to teach at NMSU.

dustry professionals from the Albuquerque Journal, the state's largest newspaper, will work with students on the fundamentals of page design, photography and enterprise writing during one-week residencies in the 2001-2002 academic year.

"The professionals will be able to instruct students in some areas we do not have experts in, like page design," said Sterling Trantham, assistant professor of photography. "I teach the design class and I know the fundamentals, but the professionals that will come here are making a living at doing page design every day and that will make a difference in what our students learn."

The Knight Foundation awards grants to 10 institutions each year for the residence program. The program works by matching the schools to an area newspaper that chooses four of its senior staff to send to the universities.

"In addition to these professionals serving as mentors to our students, having them here will open up a lot of networking opportunities," Trantham said. "We are very excited about this program."